The following information was submitted in August of 2006 by the American Illustrators Gallery:
Anna Whelan Betts, Circa 1878-1952
There is precious little known about Ms. Anna Whelan Betts, and even less about her sister, illustrator Ethel Franklin Betts. What is known is that she was a superb illustrator, a devoted craftsperson, and an art teacher. She first studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy with one of Maxfield Parrish¹s favorite teachers, Robert Vonnoh. After her early studies in Philadelphia, she left for Paris and was tutored by Courtois, an academic painter of some note. She later joined the early illustration classes with Howard Pyle at Drexel Institute upon her return to the United States i
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